Posts Tagged Josh Harding

NHL Injuries: Penguins, Wild, Lightning, Panthers, Islanders, Blue Jackets, Blues and Avs

  • Shelly Anderson: Both Evgeni Malkin and Joe Vitale met with doctors and are skating lightly, but not ready to practice yet.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that Sidney Crosby, Brooks Orpik, Chris Kunitz and Olli Maatta are day-to-day. All practiced yesterday.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Josh Harding practiced yesterday. Clayton Stoner and Keith Ballard were also on the ice.
  • NBC Pro Hockey Talk: Penguins Tomas Vokoun has been sent the AHL on a conditioning assignment.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning’s Ben Bishop left last night’s game with an upper-body injury. Steve Simmons: Bishop’s injury is not his shoulder. His arm or elbow. Will have a MRI today.
  • Sam Carchidi: Panthers Roberto Luongo missed last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Cal Clutterbuck left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton left last night’s game after re-aggravating a lower-body injury. Aaron Portzline: Horton had a setback and could be done for the rest of the regular season, possibly longer.
  • Lou Korac: Blues David Backes is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs P.A. Parenteau will return to the lineup on Friday.

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NHL Injuries: Ducks, Panthers, Sharks, Blue Jackets, Blackhawks, Wild and Flames

  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau thinks that Cam Fowler could return by next week.
  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers have sent Jonathan Racine back to the AHL as Ed Jovanovski is ready to return to the lineup.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Tomas Hertl practiced yesterday without a “no-contact” jersey.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton (lower-body) won’t travel with the team to Philadelphia. Jared Boll is expected to return to the lineup.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Ryan Murray (knee) skated yesterday morning  with associate coach Craig Hartsburg, doing conditioning drills.  Shawn Mitchell: Murray will travel with the team to Philadelphia but won’t play. Coach Todd Richards said he could return next Friday against Chicago or Sunday against the Islanders.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin (lower-body) won’t travel with the team. Either Nick Schultz or Tim Erixon will fill in for Nikitin.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell said he’ll play tonight.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Josh Harding was on the ice yesterday during their practice.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Mike Yeo was vague about Mikael Granlund’s possible head injury. Said he didn’t know about his status.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon had season-ending shoulder surgery. Mark Cundari and Chris Breen have been recalled.

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Afternoon Rumors I: Spezza, Stars, Hawks, Wings, Sens, Bruins, Wild, Goalies and Top 10 Rentals

  • TSN: Sources telling Darren Dreger that the Senators are ‘quietly gauging interest’ in Jason Spezza. Spezza has a no-trade clause. Spezza has one-year left on his deal and carries a $7 million salary cap hit. He has a salary of $4 million next season.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Stars won’t be looking at rentals, looking for hockey deals.

    “Correct, we’re not going to be in the rental market,” Stars GM Jim Nill told ESPN.com Monday. “But if there’s a hockey deal that makes sense, we’ll look at it.”

    “We’re open for business, I’m always looking at things, but I’m not rushing to do something just to move a body to get a pick,” said Nill.

    LeBrun thinks the Blackhawks will stand pat. Can always change quickly though.

    The Red Wings are among the teams interested in Christian Ehrhoff. He’s a $4 million salary cap hit, but is only owed $17 million over the next seven seasons.

    Nothing new to report on Chris Phillips one-year offer from the Senators. He’s believed to be looking for a two-year extension. The Bruins could be interested, but it’s not known if the Senators would want to trade him to a division rival.

    The Bruins are among the teams interested in Andrew MacDonald.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Wild seem like a fit for Martin Brodeur. Darcy Kuemper has looked really good, but what if he falters or gets hurt? Niklas Backstrom has battled injuries all season and Josh Harding has his MS flare ups. They looked at Ryan Miller before he was dealt. Jaroslav Halak could be an option. Two questions are: Does Lamoriello want to trade Marty and will the Wild give the Devils what they would want for Marty? Viktor Fasth could be available. Same with Tim Thomas, Justin Peters and Ilya Bryzgalov.
  • Pat Pickens of SportsNet: Top 10 rental players: 1. Thomas Vanek 2. Jaromir Jagr 3. Ryan Callahan 4. Andrew MacDonald 5. Brad Boyes 6. David Legwand 7. Matt Moulson 8. Ales Hemsky 9. Chris Phillips 10. Mike Cammalleri

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Morning Rumors: Avalanche, Devils, Penguins, Kings, Islanders, Maple Leafs, Islanders and Sabres

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs coach Patrick Roy on the March 5th trade deadline.

    “Sometimes you’re just afraid to say, ‘hey, if we bring this guy in and he doesn’t gel with our guys, are we a better team?” Even watching these (Olympic) games, I mean, look at the Finns: they don’t necessarily have a superstar, but they work hard together, and everything is possible. And our group is believing in each other, our group is working every day, our group is having fun playing together, our group is playing with that intensity and receptive to the teaching we’ve been doing, they’re receptive to the adjustments we want to make. I think it’s hard right now to think of making some changes. Joe (Sakic) and I are always going to be looking to have the best team that we can. But at the same time, it’s very, very dangerous to try to do too much. Am I comfortable to go with the team I have? The answer is yes. We’re going to have some tough decisions to make at the end of the year, we know this. Paul’s (Stastny’s) contract is up and we’re going to have to look at our options. But at the same time, our fans are very important to us and we want to give them the best we possibly can. Fans are coming to our games and having a blast, and we want to keep it that way.”

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Will the Devils look to trade Martin Brodeur and/or captain Bryce Salvador?

    “I’ve been traded before. Once you’ve been traded, it takes a lot of that uncertainty off the way you look at it. You know the world doesn’t end when you get traded,” Salvador told The Star-Ledger.

    “But it may be a unique situation with Marty. We’ll see what happens there. For myself, at this point Lou hasn’t talked to me about anything.”

    Salvador could be traded if the right offer comes along.

    “Things can happen. It just depends on what the team does and what direction they go,” said the 38-year-old veteran, who has another year left on his contract at $3.25 million.

    “Every organization has to look at what they’re doing with the future. Last year Jarome (Iginla) got traded. Obviously it was a bit different because they knew they were out, but he was in Calgary his whole career. I’ve learned never to be surprised.”

  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins are thought to be looking for a right winger to replace Pascal Dupuis, a bottom-six winger with grit and a veteran depth defenseman. Potential targets could be: Andrew MacDonald, Steve Ott, Brad Boyes, Matt Moulson, Lee Stempniak, Ales Hemsky, Henrik Tallinder and Marcel Goc.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Shinzawa thinks that Matt Moulson would be a good fit with the Kings. The Sabres will look for a first round pick for Moulson. Since the Islanders will now be sellers, GM Garth Snow’s first priority is to get a first round pick back to make up for the one he sent to the Sabres for Thomas Vanek.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: With Josh Harding still out indefinitely, and Niklas Backstrom not making a start since January 11th, the Wild may look to add a goaltender. Ryan Miller is available, but the Sabres will be looking for a big return, and Wild may only want to give up a big return if they would want to re-sign him long-term. Martin Brodeur could also be an option for the Wild.

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Injury Notes: Islanders, Wild, Avs, Penguins, Devils, Red Wings, Blues and Predators

  • Arthur Staple: An MRI reveals that John Tavares has a torn MCL and a meniscus. He will be ready for training camp.
  • Chad Graff: No change in Wild’s Josh Harding’s status. Each passing day makes a return less likely.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild’s Niklas Backstrom is still bother by an abdominal issue. He has been given new treatment protocols and off-ice workouts. The Wild hope Jason Zucker (leg) and Marco Scandella (MCL) can rejoin the team soon. Chad Graff: Scandella has received clearance to start skating.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins Kris Letang is still recovering from stroke, watched yesterday’s practice from the bench.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Ryane Clowe missed practiced yesterday due to “soreness.”
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Jakub Kindl said his knee is still sore (sprained MCL) but expects to play in their first game after the break.
  • George Sipple: Red Wings Stephen Weiss is heading to Grand Rapids (AHL) on a conditioning stint.
  • Lou Korac: There is no timetable set for Blues Vladimir Sobotka to return to the lineup from his knee injury. He is expected to start skating this weekend.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Pekka Rinne: ”I was on the ice way longer than yesterday and feeling good. It’s a really good sign.”

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Morning Rumors III: Rangers, Sharks, Leafs, Pens, Stars, Sabres, Blues, Wild, Coyotes and Canadiens

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Trade talk is picking up.

    “There’s definitely more talking going on,” one team executive told ESPN.com Monday night. ”Some of the bubble/lower teams have begun to share their lists of players they might move if they fall out of it.”

    Salary cap will play a big part this year.

    “Because of that, I still think most of the action, like 90 percent of it, happens after the Olympics, closer to March,” said one player agent who has a player or two who likely will be on the move.

    Contract talks between the Rangers and Ryan Callahan have not gone well and he could be moved. GM Glen Sather called some teams over the weekend to say Callahan could be available.

    Talks between the Sharks and Dan Boyle are ongoing, but a deal may not be close. The Sharks could be worried about the 35+ rule. Boyle may be looking for a two year deal.

    Teams have called Maple Leafs about Nazem Kadri.

    The Penguins will have some decisions to make on their blueline with pending UFAs Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen. They have prospects Simon Despres, Brian Dumoulin, Philip Samuelsson and Derrick Pouliot. It wouldn’t be surprising if they moved someone for a winger. LeBrun wonders if any team will calling the Penguins about Kris Letang before the draft. His big contract kicks in next season.

    Ray Whitney may welcome a trade if the Stars fall out of the race.

  • TSN Insider Trading: Dreger: the Rangers are gauging interest on Ryan Callahan, and less so on Dan Girardi. The Rangers may be more confident in re-signing Girardi, though he’s getting a lot of interest. Bob McKenzie: If the Rangers don’t re-sign one or both, they could trade one or both. Even though they are in the playoff race, the Rangers realize they are not a contender and don’t want to let them walk for nothing. Girardi may be looking for a seven year deal in the Jay Bouwmeester ranger, $5.4 million. Callahan is looking for a seven year deal in the $6 million range.

    Bob McKenzie: there has been some interest in Ryan Miller. The Wild haven’t made an offer. They are waiting to see what happens with Josh Harding. The Blues have lukewarm interest in Miller.

    Some bubble teams have started sending out lists of players who might be available and to say ”If we pull the plug right before the Olympic break, here is the list of players that we’re willing to move.” Those teams are also using the next 10 days to see if they are buyers or sellers.

    Dreger thinks there will be at least two outdoor games (Winter and Heritage Classic) next year, maybe four.

  • Elliotte Friedman: A $5 million player will cost about $410,000 during the Olympic break. Some owners won’t care about the extra salary to pay out in a pre-Olympic trade, but some might.

    Blackhawks Brandon Pirri will lose his waiver exception next season. The Ducks and Peter Holland were in a similar situation and they decided to trade him before they could have lost him for nothing.

    Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe offered to step away from the team, owner Daryl Katz refused.

    The Blues were interested in Thomas Vanek in October, Friedman doesn’t see why they would be interested now.

    Erik Cole’s agent is denying his client wants out of Dallas.

    Interest in Ray Whitney will likely pick up.

    Coyotes Derek Morris‘ name has come up recently. He’s a pending UFA and the Coyotes would like some scoring. One problem would that it would leave only Zbynek Michalek as their only veteran right-handed shot.

    The Canadiens and Penguins are looking for size.

    Many don’t think Sam Gagner is suited to play the wing. There was talk of the Penguins possibly interested.

    Anyone that signed post-lockout is not eligible for compliance buyouts.

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Morning Rumors II: Sharks, Rangers, Wild, Sabres, Flyers, Panthers, Avs, Penguins, Jets and Kings

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Sharks Dan Boyle’s contract expires at the end of the season.

    “I talked to Doug [Wilson] yesterday,” said Boyle’s agent, George Bazos, when we chatted Sunday afternoon. “We’ll continue to talk. Both sides want to get something done.”

    Fair market value for Boyle could be three years at $15 million. Because of the 35+ rule, the Sharks could offer a one-year deal with bonuses. A compromise deal could be something like Sergei Gonchar’s two year, $10 contract.

  • Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News: The Rangers will have five restricted and seven unrestricted free agents this summer. The Rangers have held preliminary talks with Mats Zuccarello. Zuccarello is second on the team in goals and points and has arbitration rights. The Rangers and Ryan Callahan have had ongoing discussions, with Callahan’s agent, Stephen Bartlett saying they hope to get something done and they remain optimistic.
  • Bob McKenzie: (late morning yesterday) McKenzie doesn’t think the Wild are close to a deal with anyone. They may need a goalie. If Josh Harding is going to be out long-term, with only five games left before the Olympic break, they may wait until after the break to get a better update on his status.
  • Chad Graff: The price tag for Ryan Miller is too high right now and the Wild don’t want to give up a lot for a rental. Have been told that the Wild are “absolutely not” trading Charlie Coyle or Mikael Granlund.
  • Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press: The Wild sent two prospects and two picks to the Sabres last year for Jason Pominville and are less likely to make a deal involves their young prospects.

    “I wouldn’t rule anything out, but those deals are hard to make,” general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “It’s tough to give up multiple assets on a yearly basis and stay competitive long-term, so you’re balancing the long term with the short term. Certainly, we’re happy with the deal last year, but that’s a difficult deal to make on a yearly basis.

    “Any deal (we do) has to make sense in the long- and the short-term perspective, in my opinion, for where we’re at in the arch of our franchise.”

    Barring an injury to Darcy Keumper and Niklas Backstrom, it’s unlikely the Wild would make a trade Ryan Miller, someone who they wouldn’t be interested in re-signing. The Wild are optimistic that Josh Harding will be able to re-join the team after the Olympic break.

  • Bob McKenzie: Though there are lots of Ryan Miller rumors, McKenzie doesn’t sense anything if imminent. Things can obviously change quickly. (late morning yesterday)
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: It is shaping up to be a tough next six weeks for Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.

    “It’s obviously different than in years past,” Holmgren said yesterday. “You don’t get a real deadline to work with. We play six games before the Olympics, and then we come back and only have another [three] games to make a move.

    “Right now, it’s getting to the point where we need to see what we have, see what’s out there and make a move if we’re going to do it.”

    Holmgren believes in their team nucleus, but their will continue to look at the market.

    “That doesn’t mean if something comes up now and for the future, that we wouldn’t think about it,” Holmgren said. “We’ll continue to look around. But it would have to be something that makes sense for both.”

    The Flyers could use a No. 1 defenseman, but it’s unlikely that one would become available at the deadline. Sources saying that Panthers Mike Weaver and Avalanche’s Ryan Wilson are available.

  • William DePaoli: Clear that Penguins coach Dan Bylsma would endorse the addition of winger Matt Moulson. The Penguins do like him, but they expect a bidding war for him.
  • Dennis Bernstein: When asked what it would cost the Kings to get Andrew Ladd, Bernstein responds with the Jets are playing a lot better under Paul Maurice and may not be looking to sell yet.

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Morning Rumors: Sabres, Blues, Wild, Caps, Coyotes, Habs, Flames, Kings, Rangers, Leafs and More

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: There is increasing talk that the Sabres will trade goalie Ryan Miller, and it could happen before the Olympic Break. The goalie market is limited though. The Blues are mentioned, but GM Doug Armstrong continually backs Jaroslav Halak. The Wild could be another landing spot as Josh Harding is out indefinitely due to MS complications. If the Sabres are asking for a Miller is reasonable, they might be interested. The asking price could be a player, prospect and pick.

    Capitals GM George McPhee may be feeling the heat and has been calling GMs to see if he can make a deal to turn his team around. He doesn’t have a contract beyond this season. Martin Erat and Michal Neuvirth have asked for trades.

    Coyotes GM Don Maloney is getting calls on Radim Vrbata. The Coyotes won’t know what they want to do with him until they find out if he wants to re-sign or if they are out of the playoff race by the trade deadline.

    The Canadiens have been putting Brian Gionta’s name out there.

    The Flames have talked with Mike Cammalleri to see if he wants to re-sign.

    The Olympic roster freeze is Friday February 7th at 11:59 pm:

    “A lot of teams are nervous,” a league executive told Insider Trading. “I really think there are some teams that are in playoff races that want to make changes. You have to think there’s going to be some trades before players going to the Olympics because teams aren’t going to want to wait until March 5 to position themselves.”

    The Penguins, Kings and Sharks want to be active.

    The Islanders want to keep Thomas Vanek, but if he doesn’t want to re-sign, they’ll move him. Teams have called, but GM Garth Snow has shot down all offers so far.

    Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has been working the phones. The Jets are playing better under Paul Maurice, but they are still talking to teams about potential deals. Jets trade options include: Andrew Ladd, Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien. The Jets may only move one of those players.

    The Coyotes, Kings and Canucks have called the Stars about Ray Whitney. Vernon Fiddler could also be dealt.

    Rangers Dan Girardi isn’t close to re-signing and could be on his way out.

    Maple Leafs Nazem Kadri’s name continues to be in the rumor mill with the emergence of Peter Holland.

  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Tim Murray wouldn’t say what will happen with any of their pending UFAs, but did say that he’s casually talked with Ryan Miller, Matt Moulson and Steve Ott. Murray did make it clear that they won’t be moved unless they get a significant return.

    “I told them not to believe everything they read or everything they’ve heard on the sports channels. But certainly their names are in play and we’ll see what happens but it doesn’t guarantee they’ll be moved at all. For me, it’s all about return. These are good players. So if the return was up to a certain point and not great and we then decide we want to talk to them about staying, then that’s an option too.”

    Murray said teams have contacted him to see what his plans are for the Sabres.

    “There’s been lots of interaction, a lot of early talking,” he said. “There’s been no real specifics. I think teams are just trying to feel us out, feel me out on what we want to do. There’s certainly been discussions. I’m not sure there’s any artificial deadline. I think people are in a wait-and-see mode, to tell you the truth.

    “People are concerned about injuries this far out. If a contending team makes their one big move and that guy is not available when he needs to be, there’s concern there from those teams. I’m really not sure a lot of teams want to pull off the big trade this far out. It could happen, but it doesn’t seem to me there’s any urgency right now.”

  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Maple Leafs James Reimer wants to fight to get his No. 1 status back and has no intention of asking for a trade. Reimer will be a RFA at the end of the season and has arbitration rights. He could receive a raise and more than likely will be traded by next fall, if not sooner.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Penguins are tight up against the salary cap ceiling, so any deal will have to be money in, money out. Three defenseman trade targets for the Bruins could be Andrew MacDonald, Chris Phillips and Henrik Tallinder. It could be a quiet trade period as so many teams are up against the cap and have their own players re-sign this summer. Prices for rentals will be “stupid high” according to one executive. If Sabres GM Tim Murray is able to get another 1st round pick by trading any of Tallinder, Ryan Miller, Matt Moulson and Steve Ott, they could look to move one their current ones (their own, the new pick or the Islanders conditional 1st) for NHL ready player(s).
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: There was talk that the Penguins may look to move Simon Despres, but it sounds like they still think he has the potential to be an impact player.

    “Where he is right now, in terms of his career, he’s in a good spot,” Shero said. “In terms of the progression he’s made and his maturity, on and off the ice, I think that’s coming.

    “Even though he’s not [in the NHL now], we still believe he’s a very good prospect for us and will be an NHL player, for sure.”

    “In terms of our long-range plans, we’ve got some pretty good players here , and some good young players coming,” Shero said. “The good news is, he’s one of them.”

  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Scouting the Avalanche and Lightning: Red Wings (2), Blue Jackets (GM Jarmo Kekalainen), Blackhawks, Penguins and Rangers. Dater has also heard John Mitchell’s name pop up in the rumor mill of late.

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Injury Notes: Hamilton, Parise, Rome, Bortuzzo, Franzen, Neal, Allen, Dwyer, Fasth, Harding and Hemsky

  • Joe McDonald: Bruins coach Claude Julien on Dougie Hamilton’s concussion: ”He’ll be out for a little bit, but we don’t anticipate it being too, too long.”
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Zach Parise skated yesterday morning with assistant coach Darby Hendrickson.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars coach Lindy Ruff said that defenseman Aaron Rome (lower-body) will be out for a bit.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Roberto Bortuzzo thinks he has been cleared to play on Wednesday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Johan Franzen said he’s still experiencing dizziness and is not feeling good. Status for Thursday is uncertain.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins James Neal’s injury is not related to his previous injury according to coach Dan Bylsma.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Bryan Allen (lower-body) practiced yesterday.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Patrick Dwyer (lower-body) and Drayson Bowman (lower-body) should be ready to return by Saturday.
  • Dan Wood: Ducks Viktor Fasth (lower-body) is expected to start skating this week or next week.
  • Helene Elliott: Kings defenseman Matt Greene is out with an upper-body injury.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Josh Harding practiced yesterday and hopes to do so today.
  • Rob Tychkowski: Oilers Ales Hemsky’s ankle is badly swollen, but x-rays didn’t show a break. He’s doubtful for Minnesota.

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Injury Notes: Wild, Hurricanes, Luongo, Cammalleri, Bertuzzi, Rome and Nabokov

  • Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune: As the pain from his ankle surgery is lessening, Wild’s Mikko Koivu is hoping to return to action before the Olympic break. Goalie Josh Harding skated on Saturday with the goalie coach Bob Mason. There is no timetable on when Zach Parise will return to practice. He’s missed the past eight games. There is hope that he can begin skating next week.
  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Eric Staal was back practicing on Sunday. Jiri Tlusty should return tonight. Riley Nash appears to be ready to return. Zach Boychuk and Brett Sutter have been sent to the AHL.
  • Vancouver Canucks: Roberto Luongo on his injury progress: ”I’m going on the road trip, but I don’t know when I’ll be playing yet.”
  • Randy Sportak: Flames Mike Cammalleri may have suffered an upper-body injury in last night’s game.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi suffered a lower-body injury last night.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars defenseman Aaron Rome missed last night’s game with an injury.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Evgeni Nabokov skated yesterday morning, the first time since suffering his injury.

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Afternoon Notes: Maple Leafs, Oilers, Devils, Wild, Avalanche, Capitals, Senators and Rangers

  • Elliotte Friedman: The Rangers have put goalie Martin Biron on waivers with the purpose of terminating his contract.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Jerry D’Amigo took David Clarkson’s spot on their 3rd line. Clarkson briefly tested out his injured foot. Chris Johnston: Clarkson will have a CT Scan on the bone in his left foot.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Carl Gunnarsson didn’t practice today, awaiting an MRI.
  • David Alter: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle all but confirms that newly acquired Tim Gleason will make his debut tomorrow night.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Corey Potter (groin) and Philip Larsen (illness) were on the ice before their 8 AM practice.
  • Rich Chere: The Devils put Patrik Elias on the IR. Eric Gelinas has been recalled.
  • Michael Russo: The Wild put Mikko Koivu and Josh Harding on the IR and recall Erik Haula and Jon Blum.
  • Roger Millions: Avs Alex Tanguay skated today before practice and was not moving well.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals lines: Laich-Backstrom-Brouwer; Fehr-Grabovski-Ovi; Chimera-Johansson-Ward; Erat/Volpatti-Beagle/Latta-Wilson.
  • Brent Wallace: Senators lines: MacArthur-Turris-Ryan: Smith-Spezza-Stone: Michalek-Zibanejad-Conacher; Greening-Pageau-Condra
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Zubrus-Zajac-Jagr; Clowe-Henrique-Ryder; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Boucher-Loktionov-Sislo. Extras: Josefson, Janssen. Defensive pairings: Greene-Fayne; Salvador-Volchenkov; Merrill-Zidlicky; Gelinas-Larsson.
  • Roger Millions: Avalanche lines: Landeskog-Stastny-O’Reilly, McGinn-Duchene-Talbot, McLeod-Mitchell-MacKinnon, Malone-Cliche-Bordeleau
  • Rob Mixer: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers.

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Wild Put Konopka On Waivers … Could the Jets, Oilers and Flames Be Interested? Wild Notes

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Wild have put center Zenon Konopka of waivers today. Coach Yeo said it was because they needed to call up a goalie (recalled Darcy Kuemper. Josh Harding not ready yet.), but Russo doesn’t buy that.  Michael Rupp could have been put on waivers. Keith Ballard will be a healthy scratch as they activated Clayton Stoner. They could have kept Stoner on the IR for one more game. They could have also returned Stephane Veilleux to the minors.
  • Gary Lawless: Lawless wonders if the Jets will put a claim in on Konopka. He’d bring an element they are missing. Good on the faceoffs and carries a $925,000  cap hit.
  • Mark Spector: Spector responds to Lawless saying how he doesn’t see how Konopka gets past the Oilers or Flames: “Cheap, tough, wins face-offs. 4th line C.”
  • Mark Spector: Spector does note that both the Oilers and Flames have had a couple chances to sign Konopka in the past and didn’t show much interest in doing so.

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